Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The by-laws of Northern Community Mediation stipulate that the board consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 members. Each term begins on January 1 and ends three years later on December 31. A director may serve a total of two consecutive terms.

Bob Banner, President

Brian Kasiborski, Vice-President

Bill Meengs, Treasurer

Stuart Fenton, Secretary
Chief Assistant Prosecutor

Hugh Conklin, Retired
Ed Engstrom, Attorney
Mark Fralick, Retired Student Success Advisor
Kirstyn Horan, Community Health Coordinator
Liisa Morley, Surgical Technician & Coordinator
Mary Roberts, Employee Relations LTBB Odawa
Christian Smith, Executive Director of YMCA
The Honorable Valerie Snyder, 7th Probate Judge
Kerry Zahner, Prosecuting Attorney


Bob Banner, President

Bob is an attorney. He has maintained his general practice law firm in Boyne City for 25 years. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Bob has previously served on the Board at Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City, on the Board of Directors for Camp Daggett, and is a Past President of the Emmet/Charlevoix Bar Association.

He lives at home with his wife Cindy, daughter Katelyn and son Phillip. Bob enjoys the outdoors spending most of his time hunting, fishing, and skiing with his family.

Brian Kasiborski, Vice-President

Brian is an Assistant Vice President and Michigan Underwriting Counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. In this role, he provides agency support for Michigan real estate transactions and is responsible for underwriting policy in the state. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University College of Law. Despite having both schools on his resume, he is true Blue all the way. A fully trained and certified mediator, Brian also serves as an adjunct professor at North Central Michigan College. When not chasing little white balls through the woods or chasing hockey pucks around the rink, Brian enjoys time with his family and supporting all things Michigan and Detroit.

Bill Meengs, Treasurer

Bill Meengs is an attorney with Stroup & Meengs, P.C.

He is also the past president of the Emmet Charlevoix Bar Association.

Stuart Fenton Board Secretary

Stuart Fenton, Secretary
Chief Assistant Prosecutor

Stuart is the Chief Assistant Prosecutor of Emmet County. He is responsible for handling all major felony criminal cases for the Emmet County Prosecutor’s Office, and acts as the Prosecuting Attorney in the absence of same.

Previously, Stuart served as the Senior Assistant Prosecutor in Kalamazoo County for 21 years. He has been a lawyer since 1987. He also teaches and trains extensively in various law enforcement areas across the state.

Hugh Conklin

Before leaving the workforce in October 2014, Hugh was program manager for the Boyne City Main Street Program for seven years. Prior to that he was involved in community journalism in Boyne City and Antrim and Kalkaska counties as publisher of Up North Publications, which included four community weekly newspapers. His wife, Susan, and he also owned The Boyne Citizen, the community weekly newspaper for Boyne City.

Prior to moving to Boyne City in 1994 to purchase The Citizen,  Hugh worked more than 15 years in community journalism in Douglas, Wyoming and Whitefish, Montana. He currently serves on the Boyne City City Commission. He is a board member and volunteer for Challenge Mountain and a volunteer for Boyne City’s Good Neighbors Food Pantry. He also has been a volunteer mediator for Northern Community Mediation for 12 years.

Ed Engstrom Board Director

Ed Engstrom

Ed Engstrom grew up in Charlevoix. He graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) and obtained his Juris Doctorate through Detroit College of Law, which is now at MSU. He worked in the Detroit metropolitan area for approximately 12 years, handling many different aspects of legal issues on behalf of thousands of clients. Ed realized it would be best for his two children to grow up in the Charlevoix area, and consequently, moved back in 2002, where he has been practicing law ever since. He has volunteered his time to Northern Community Mediation as a mediator regarding civil disputes and/or domestic issues for several years. Ed enjoys attending the numerous festivals and events that the community has to offer. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, craft making, as well as fixing things and assisting individuals in resolving their issues.

Mark Fralick

Mark Fralick, Retired
Student Success Advisor

Mark taught and coached in the Petoskey Public Schools for 30 years. In his retirement, Mark worked in various positions in the Boyne City Public Schools, most recently as the middle school Student Success Advisor. Now in true retirement, Mark has been involved in several projects sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and projects around his home.

Kirstyn Horan
Community Health Coordinator

Kirstyn is a former case manager at NCM. She is a 2012 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology. Although she is now a Community Health Coordinator for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, she left a part of her heart with Northern Community Mediation.

Kirstyn is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Little Traverse and has an affinity for bettering our community.

When she is not working, she can be seen hiking or snowshoeing on one of the local area trails with her fiancé and dog.

Liisa Morley
Surgical Technician & Coordinator

Liisa works in Petoskey as a Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant and Surgical Coordinator as well as
a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Artist and PCA Skin Technician.

For nearly 35 years Liisa has worked in Petoskey as a graphic artist, half in a boutique ad agency and half in her own graphic arts company.

She has been active in the past with Crooked Tree Art Center’s D’Art for Art Committee, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast for Champions Committee Chair, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Board, and the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Volunteer of the Year.

Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts
Human Resources Generalist

Mary has worked for the Tribe in various positions for over 21 years with Human Resources as her primary focus. She recently transferred from the Odawa Casino Human Resources Department as an Employee Relations Specialist to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Government Human Resources Department. Her position is that of Human Resources Generalist. Under the direction of the Human Resources Director, Mary supports all HR functions with a special emphasis on training development and recruiting. She identifies training needs, and develops and implements programs for staff development. She manages the internships, tracks performance appraisals, and administers the Workers’ Compensation Program.

Mary earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Management & Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University, and has resided in northern Michigan with her husband and two sons. Mary’s service extends beyond her family and community. She take great pride that she was appointed by then Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Michigan Inter-Agency Coordinating Counsel for Children with Developmental Delays (MICC). In this position, she represented the Tribes of Michigan.

Christian M. Smith YMCA

Christian Smith
Executive Director, YMCA

Christian Smith is a civically engaged New Jersey native, who studied Political Science and History at Rutgers University. Four years of working in public education steered him towards one of his passions in youth development. He spent six years working for the Berkeley Heights YMCA as Program Director, focusing on community collaborations, special events and youth development programs. Currently, Christian is the Executive Director for the YMCA of Northern Michigan and is focused on improving the overall health and well-being of youth in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Moreover, Christian is a proud Rotarian and member of the Leadership Little Traverse class of 2015.

Kerry Zahner
Prosecuting Attorney

Kerry Zahner received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University and her JD Degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. She has been licensed since 1999. She has been in private practice and been a Special Assistant Attorney General, attorney magistrate, and an assistant prosecutor. In the Charlevoix Prosecutor’s Office, Kerry primarily handles adult Domestic Violence and Operating While Intoxicated cases. She also is responsible for some of the Criminal Sexual Conduct cases and covers Abuse & Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases when needed. She is involved with the Sobriety Court Team and is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. She is married to Peter Zahner. They have two children, ages sixteen and eighteen. Kerry enjoys spending time with her family (including the German Shephed), hiking and camping.